15 or 20 amp?


Old 01-27-03, 10:43 AM
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15 or 20 amp?

I'm going to be using a microwave and small refrigerator in my basement. Question....should I run a 20 amp circuit for these or will 15 meet code?
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Old 01-27-03, 10:52 AM
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Use a 20
Old 01-27-03, 11:23 AM
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I would use a 20 as well... but remember, if you use a 20 amp breaker... all wiring in the circuit must be 12awg, not 14

Old 01-27-03, 02:21 PM
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Is there a sink in this area? If there is you may need to meet all wiring statdards for a kitchen.
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In my opinion, a sink, a small microwave and a refrigerator probably does not make a kitchen.
Old 01-28-03, 04:29 AM
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It might not apply as a Kitchen, but I think I might classify it as a wet bar. If so then
GFCI would be required for any receptacles to serve the counter top, and up to 6' from
the edge of the bet bar sink. Your local AHJ would make this ruling.
Old 01-28-03, 06:08 AM
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Thanks for the responses. There will be no water (sink) nearby. One final question....when using 12 awg and 20 amp breaker does code require me to use a 20 amp receptical versus 15?
Old 01-28-03, 06:49 AM
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No, as long as you are installing a duplex receptacle, which a GFCI is, then you may use a 15 amp device.
Old 01-28-03, 07:05 AM
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I would not put the refrig.on a gfci for obvious reasons.

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